dervish


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der·vish

 (dûr′vĭsh)
n.
1. A member of any of various Muslim ascetic orders, some of which perform whirling dances and vigorous chanting as acts of ecstatic devotion.
2. One that possesses abundant, often frenzied energy: "[She] is a dervish of unfocused energy, an accident about to happen" (Jane Gross).

[Turkish derviş, mendicant, from Persian darvēš, from Middle Persian driyōš, needy one, one who lives in holy mendicancy, from Old Iranian (Avestan) drigu-; akin to Sanskrit adhriguḥ (a divine epithet of unknown but favorable meaning) : perhaps a-, not + *dhrigu-, poor.]

dervish

(ˈdɜːvɪʃ)
n
(Islam) a member of any of various Muslim orders of ascetics, some of which (whirling dervishes) are noted for a frenzied, ecstatic, whirling dance
[C16: from Turkish: beggar, from Persian darvīsh mendicant monk]
ˈdervish-ˌlike adj

der•vish

(ˈdɜr vɪʃ)

n.
a member of any of various Muslim ascetic orders, some of which practice ecstatic dancing and whirling or chanting and shouting.
[1575–85; < Turkish < Persian]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dervish - an ascetic Muslim monkdervish - an ascetic Muslim monk; a member of an order noted for devotional exercises involving bodily movements
fakeer, fakir, faqir, faquir - a Muslim or Hindu mendicant monk who is regarded as a holy man
whirler, whirling dervish - a dervish whose actions include ecstatic dancing and whirling
Translations
dervis
derviş

dervish

[ˈdɜːvɪʃ] Nderviche mf (fig) → salvaje mf

dervish

nDerwisch m

dervish

[ˈdɜːvɪʃ] n (Rel) → derviscio
References in classic literature ?
In order to live a quieter life, the good man put on the robe of a dervish, and divided his house into a quantity of small cells, where he soon established a number of other dervishes.
Of course it was not long before his reputation reached the ears of the man who envied him, and this wicked wretch resolved never to rest till he had in some way worked ill to the dervish whom he hated.
The dervish did as he was asked without delay, and directly they were alone together the envious man began to tell a long story, edging, as they walked to and fro, always nearer to the well, and when they were quite close, he seized the dervish and dropped him in.
unknown to mere human beings) by a set of fairies and genii, who caught the dervish as he fell, so that he received no hurt.
He kept stumbling over the tail of the Dervish costume in his zeal.
Grubb, in the white wrapper of a Desert Dervish, was running along the edge of the sea.
The really diligent student in one of the crowded hives of Cambridge College is as solitary as a dervish in the desert.
He felt like the greedy inhabitant of Bagdad when his eyes had been greased with the magic ointment of the dervish, that gave him to see all the treasures of the earth.
An inhabitant of Bagdad, Asiatic Turkey, meets with a dervish, or Turkish monk, who presents him with a vast treasure and with a box of magic ointment, which, applied to the left eye, enables one to see the treasures in the bosom of the earth, but on touching the right eye, causes blindness.
Now there remained no trace of their dominion except the old steamer, once part of a Dervish flotilla, which was his house and office.
He met her rounding his bends on grey December dawns to music wild and lamentable as the almost forgotten throb of Dervish drums, when, high above Royal's tenor bell, sharper even than lying Beagle-boy's falsetto break, Farag chanted deathless war against Abu Hussein and all his seed.
I could enter into the life of the human creatures whom I watched, just as the dervish in the